These machines are their ka-ching machines. Can't run the stations gateless (free) for long. And booths cannot keep up at peak so they run free intentionally sometimes (but maybe should run fre shorter than they are now).
That, and they want to stop accepting tokens/metropasses soon (sometime in 2017). Herd everyone over to Presto-based tap tokens/passes quickly.
Same for negative balances--you can now clear negative balances at the Self-Serve Reload Machines, which are also going to be located in every station. You can also clear negative balances by loading online. This was not previously the case, however they made it possible in an update quite a while ago.
I think having davisville, and GO stations, is sufficient. Not sure what the official plan is regarding that.
I'm extremely suspicious of this project...it seems to be moving very quickly for a ttc project...stations are being converted quickly...often within days or a week or two...has nobody let these guys know that they don't have to actually do the work...that empty job sites and mismanagement are what the ttc prefers?
Whoever is running this project is making everyone else at the ttc look bad...the escalator guys must be pissed...the accessible entrance project is embarrassed...the second entrance fire safety guys haven't noticed - but they haven't been in the office for a few months...the planning department is confused about who approved this thing, it was supposed to be replanned at least four times before some provincial hack was supposed to convert it into a billion dollar subway to the island...
Did you notice any new fare gates going at the automated entrance at the north end of concourse at North York Centre?